November 24, 2020
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of November 23–29)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (November 16–22), click here.



Tuesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET (available for 72 hours)
Jonathan Biss Performs Beethoven for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Jonathan Biss continues his exploration of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with a recital of the early E-flat major sonata, Op. 7, the “à Thérèse” sonata from the composer’s middle period, and Beethoven’s penultimate piano sonata, Op. 110 in A-flat major. He performs these works live from The American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall in Philadelphia.



Saturday, November 28
NPR Music’s AMPLIFY with Lara Downes features Julia Bullock

Lara Downes (left) and Julia Bullock (right)

NPR Music's video interview series AMPLIFY with Lara Downes continues with American classical singer Julia Bullock, one of Musical America’s 2021 Artists of the Year. This bi-weekly series features intimate and deeply personal video conversations with visionary Black musicians who are shaping the present and future of the art form. Ms. Downes, a storyteller, activist, and thought-leader, has interviewed Rhiannon GiddensAnthony McGill, and Helga Davis in previous episodes. Learn more about the series in Ms. Downes' recent 5 Questions interview for I Care If You Listen

WHERE TO WATCH: and NPR Music’s YouTube and additional social media platforms


Sunday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m. ET (available for 30 days)
The Gilmore presents “Rising Star” Dominic Cheli performing
a variety of works—from Beethoven to Clara Schumann to Carl Vine

The Gilmore’s virtual Rising Stars series continues with Dominic Cheli, a “mesmerizing” and “graceful young pianist” (Los Angeles Times), in a program works by Beethoven, Brahms, Couperin, and Liszt, as well as less frequently heard music by Leslie Adams, Erwin Schulhoff, Clara Schumann, and Carl Vine. Highlights of Mr. Cheli’s young career include his Carnegie Hall recital debut during the 2019–20 season, his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with Valery Gergiev, winning the 2017 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, a solo Clementi album on Naxos, and a second solo recording upcoming on the label featuring works by Liszt and Schubert.



All Week (Available until Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT)
James Conlon leads LA Opera virtual production of
pioneering Black composer Joseph Bologne’s The Anonymous Lover

“…a notable performance that will hopefully be a harbinger of great things for a truly wonderful piece of operatic art.” 
Opera Wire

“…the playing of the LA Opera Orchestra, under conductor James Conlon, is fully alive.” —Financial Times

Continuing his mission of resurrecting neglected repertoire, conductor James Conlon leads LA Opera’s West Coast premiere of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s opera The Anonymous Lover in a free, virtual-only, streaming-on-demand experience. Though Joseph Bologne’s instrumental music has received renewed attention in recent decades, his one surviving complete opera has gone nearly unheard since its premiere in 1780. For this production Mr. Conlon conducts from the newly created, first critical edition of the score and also chose to incorporate an aria from the composer’s 1777 opera Ernestine, which survives incomplete. In terms of the libretto, which had been based on a play by Félicité de Genlis, Mr. Conlon collaborated with director Bruce Lemon, Jr., who created the production’s socially distanced staging, and dramaturg Dr. Ariane Helou to restore to the opera’s spoken dialogue the female perspective of the original play.

Learn more via Mr. Conlon’s program notes here.

The Anonymous Lover is produced and streamed in partnership with the Colburn School, which concurrently and collaboratively engages in a performance-based exploration of the works and legacy of Joseph Bologne.

WHERE TO REGISTER / WATCH: LA Opera's web site


#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Wu Man and Aga Khan Master Musicians, presented by Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man and fellow Aga Khan Master Musicians perform original music informed by classical, folk, jazz, and contemporary concert music and infused with traditions from across Asia and the Middle East. Hosted by Ms. Wu, this pre-recorded video blends musical performance with video art and includes interviews with the musicians, who introduce the pieces and where the music comes from. Ms. Wu’s collaborators include Tunisian-born Jasser Haj Youssef on violin and viola d’amore; Syrian natives Feras Charestan on qanun (Arab zither) and Basel Rajoub on saxophone, tárogató, and duclar (Arab reed); Sirojiddin Juraev, from Tajikistan, on dutar and tanbur (Central Asian lutes); and Abbos Kosimov, from Uzbekistan, on doira (Central Asian frame drum).

WHERE TO WATCH: Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art’s YouTube


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